LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed executive orders on Saturday to extend the state's public health emergency for another 30 days.
According to a news release, Executive Orders 21-28 and 21-29 are to maintain assistance to Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, Indiana has reported 1,018,638 positive cases and 16,134 deaths from complications related to the virus.
"While I am extending the state public health emergency for this next month to extend these critical capabilities directly tied to it, I have instructed my staff and the relevant agencies over the next few weeks to bring me a plan that contemplates options to wind down our executive orders and end the state public health emergency in the near future," Holcomb said in a news release.
According to a news release, several provisions from the previous executive orders were removed, including direction for hospitals to consider reprioritizing or postponing non-emergent procedures and reporting requirements for hospitals about diversions.
Holcomb's executive order does add a provision that allows the health commissioner to issue a standing order to authorize the administration of the COVID-19 immunization to children under 11 years old. It's anticipated that the CDC will approve the vaccine for that age group.
The executive orders expire on Dec. 1.
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